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friends slowly get fatter. [ laughter ] >>> "newsweek" magazine this week featured president obama on the cover with the headline "the first gay president." look, it doesn't mean he's gay just because he's in good shape and goes to a lot of parties and spends money freely and travels constantly and has a rose garden -- oh, my god, he's gay. [ laughter ] >>> new york mayor mike bloomberg on sunday gave the commencement speech at the university of north carolina and criticized the state's same-sex marriage ban, and nothing forces southerners to rethink their ways like criticism from a jewish new yorker. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] >>> according to insiders, a group of wealthy republicans are working on a new super pac campaign that would use a "extremely literate conservative african-american to attack president obama." the group did have someone in mind, but had to start their search over when they found out carlton banks was fictional. [ laughter ] it would have been perfect. it would have been perfect. >>> the new republican super pac campaign would also attack president
will run through virginia tomorrow. president obama will visit virginia beach tomorrow morning. mitt romney will be in our area. he has a rally planned at american legion post 176 in springfield. tomorrow's events come two days after vice president joe biden held a campaign event in chesterfield county, virginia. >>> today both candidates will be in another battleground state, ohio. mitt romney will continue his bus tour through the buckeye state. the president will speak at two ohio colleges, bowling green university and kent state. the latest poll shows obama with a sizable lead in ohio. he leads by eight points among likely voters. the president holds a smaller lead in the key state of florida. he's ahead by four points among likely voters and nine points by registered voters. romney's campaign is downplaying these numbers. they say they trust their own polling. >>> this morning an expected vote on a potential rate hike for pepco. last night dozens of customers upset about the possible hike staged a protest at headquarters in downtown d.c. if approved, the plan would increase bills by $5
in that area for part of the morning commute. >>> politics now. president obama will go to the united nations tomorrow. he'll focus on the wave of anti-american violence that he has called a bump in the road. mitt romney today argued that the violence is more than a bump, it's a crisis and said he would have managed it better. steve handelsman is on capitol hill now with more on this. >> reporter: good evening. running for re-election, president obama is trying to reduce the public perception of a middle east crisis. and a u.s.-israeli controversy. president obama headed to new york where critics are assailing his priorities. he'll address the united nations. but make another cpaign appearance on "the view" like this one in may. instead of meeting one on one with world leaders. no meetings scheduled with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu who's angered democrats by publicly demanding a tougher obama stance on iran. on "60 minutes," the president seemed to dismiss netanyahu as noise. >> any pressure that i feel is simply to do what's right for the american people. and i am going to bloc
the importance this state holds on election night. there are two dueling events. president obama is at kent state university, mitt romney is in toledo. steve handelsman has news that romney got from ohio today. >> reporter: terrible news for mitt romney and his republicans. no republican has ever won the white house, none, ever, without winning the state of ohio. romney was doing pretty well there, behind by less than 1 percentage point earlier this month. but in the latest ohio poll, romney trails by ten. he's wrapping up his bus tour of ohio, a blue collar state that's must-win for mitt romney. >> there's dignity and honor and meaning in good hard work. >> reporter: but despite romney's work here, many visits, ohio may be moving out of reach. even with the help today of ohio native jack nicklaus who says he's laid off workers from his gulf business. >> we can't afford for mour years like the last four years. i know i sure can't. >> reporter: romney can't afford more polls like today. after he was caught on tape d disparaging the 47% of americans who said feel like victims. "the new york times"
, president obama said the regime of syrian leader bashar assad must come to an end. he added in his own words if there is a cause that cries out for protest in the world today, it is a regime that tortures children and shoots rockets at apartment buildings. the president also had strong words for those in the muslim world who promote extremism. steve handelsman is at the united nation news in new york with more. steve? >> reporter: thanks, good evening from new york city. barack obama came to the u.n. primarily, of course, as president, but also as a candidate in a tough reelection fight. president obama aimed his u.n. speech at american voters and at most muslims who he said do not hate. >> i would like to begin today by telling you about an american named chris stevens. >> reporter: the u.s. diplomat who loved libya, but who was murdered there. his u.s. consulate in benghazi burned. >> there are no words that excuse the killing of innocents. there is no video that justifies an attack on an embassy. >> reporter: there was no sympathy from the president. but he called for a deeper look into t
, one of the critical swing states for president obama and mitt romney. both candidates held rallies in the commonwealth today. northern virginia bureau chief julie carey spoke to romney in springfield. but we begin with steve handelsman on capitol hill. >> reporter: this was not only in our backyard, it was something unusual, nearly simultaneous rallies by these presidential candidates in the same state. but they looked so much different. president obama's massive and raucous, the one mitt romney staged just south of the beltway, the one i attended, much more laid back, much smaller. some of the romney supporters said they wanted more passion. ten miles from the pentagon, in springfield, virginia, mitt romney spoke to veterans, blaming president obama for the agreement with republicans to slash defense spending if there's no budget deal by january 1st. >> the idea of cutting our military commitment by $1 trillion over this decade is unthinkable. and devastating. >> reporter: romney's polls in this battleground state looked potentially devastating. he's trailing by 3% to 7%. romney b
to you. >> thanks, wendy. >>> president obama spoke at the united nations and urged world leaders to take a stand against violence and intolerance. he tried to put iran on notice saying it must dismantle and time is running out. mitt romney was not satisfied with the president's words or his record. >> we believe there is still time and space to do so, but that time is not unlimited. make no mistake, a nuclear armed iran is not a challenge that can be contained. >> is iran closer to a nuclear weapon or not? we know the answer. it's closer to a nuclear weapon. >> the president said that the u.s. will be relentless in tracking down those responsible for the attack in libya. >> a new washington post poll shows mitt romney has some work to do in battleground states. in ohio, the president has an eight int lead. in florida his lead is four points. both candidates will be campaigning on thursday in virginia. romney will be in springfield, the president will speak at the virginia beach farm bureau. >> ann romney campaigned on the tonight show with jay leno. it's her first late night talk show ap
in the spotlight as mitt romney and president obama try to sway voters today in the critical battleground state. >>> plus, trying to avoid a repeat of the monday night mess, the deal that gets the nfl's referees back on the field. good morning, everybody. i'm aaron gilchrist. >> and i'm eun yang. we're waking up to some rain, but it was nothing like last night. this was the view from chopper 4 as thunderstorms moved through part of our region last night. we're going to find out whether or not we're going to have any more storms today. >> somehow i sleep through this stuff completely. >> that's what i was going to say. >> you said whoo like you definitely meant it. >> i had no clue. other than the fact that you told me yesterday. >> i showed you cooper in the closet. >> doesn't quite amount to lightning, but okay. calmer today maybe? >> a little calmer today. for most of the day it's going to be calm. but out there this morning, we've got the big puddles, the small puddles. some areas don't have any puddles at all. adams morgan at 67. we've got 65 in springfield, and potomac, virginia, right now
play a crucial role in the election. and president obama is the likely benefactor of that. the latest nbc news poll shows him well ahead in the key swing states and every ballot cast early for mr. obama is one less voter that mitt romney can win over. steve handelsman is on capitol hill with the latest on this. steve? >> reporter: wendy, thanks. early voting, the official election day is november 6th, but that's actually really the last day you can vote. >> today is election day. >> reporter: in iowa today, michelle obama kicked off what she hopes becomes a stampede. >> are you fired up? are youeady to vote? are you going to go vote right now? >> reporter: the first lady sent voters to a satellite voting site across the street. so they could cast ballots on the spot. early voting started yesterday in this battleground state, and the turnout is breaking records. >> this is well over double what we did four years ago. >> reporter: most of these early voters say they're voting obama. >> well, i think it's because we're all excited and the romney people just aren't that excited. >> report
after the hour. president obama and mitt romney focusing on two battleground states this week, ohio and virginia. both candidates will campaign today in ohio. romney will continue his bus tour in columbus and toledo. the president will speak at two ohio colleges, bowling green and kent state. romney will be in our area tomorrow with an event at american legion post in springfield. and president obama will be in virginia beach. >>> the supreme court agreed to take up a drunk driving case to decide whether police can force suspected offenders into a blood test without a search warrant. it ces as a man in missouri failed a drunk driving test and refused to take a breth liathal. the police drove him to the hospital for a blood test without getting a search warrant. >>> today pepco is expected to vote on a contract proposal for some of its workers. if the deal is rejected, union workers could go on strike. in the meantime, the d.c. public service commission will vote on a potential rate hike today. last night dozens of customers upset about the possible hike staged a protest at pepco hea
show the republican presidential nominee trailing president obama in both states. romney will begin the day in another state in colorado. he'll campaign in pueblo, colorado. romney held this rally yesterday in denver, which will host the first presidential debate next week. this ad starts airing today in ohio. the obama campaign is launching it, and it criticizes mitt romney over his comments about americans who don't pay income tax. the ad suggests romney come clean about the taxes he's paid in the past. it's a clear indication the obama campaign will make his republican opponent's finances a key issue in the coming weeks. >>> today the maryland public service commission will hold a hearing about a policy that allows utility companies to bill customers during the first 24 hours of a power outage. the commission is examining whether utilities should be banned from collecting the money. utilities have previously been allowed to charge customers throughout extended out ge ageo. in january the policy was changed to allow charge only during the first 24 hours of the storm but customers
obama and mitt romney go head-to-head in virginia today. in springfield governor romney criticized the defense on defense cuts. today he talked about specific alternatives. >> yeah, julie carey joins us to tell us about that. >> for many virginians with military ties, the president is also their commander in chief. governor mitt romney and president barack obama tried to make the case they would best look out for the interests of veterans and those on active duty. in an american legion hag not far from the pentagon, mitt romney directed a war of words at president obama. faulting him for the budget deal on capitol hill that will lead to deep defense cuts. and could cost virginia up to 200,000 defense jobs. >> when i become president of the united states, we will stop it. i will not cut our commitment to our military. >> reporter: but even some romney supporters have urged him to provide more specifics about how he'll cut trillions and keep defense spending intact. he starts by scaling back health care reform. >> there are other programs that some people like, i even like that we're
is president obama's to lose. according to a new study, the ap says the president would be reelected if the election were held today. according to its analysis, he would win at least 271 electoral votes with victories in 21 states and washington, d.c. mitt romney would win 23 states, which would net him 206 electoral votes. to win, the republican presidential nominee would have to win six swing states, which are still up for grabs. he'd also need president obama to lose in ohio or iowa. the ap has him winning both states right now. also right now, president obama is in nevada preparing for wednesday night's first debate. senator john kerry is playing the role of mitt romney in the debate preps. the president many ka pacampaig night in las vegas. he asked supporters at this virginia high school to keep believing in him. the president does not have any events scheduled for today so he can focus on preparing for wednesday night. mitt romney is hoping the debate gives the presidential nominee a much needed boost. a supporter calls wednesday night the restart of this campaign. romney will
romney will be in springfield at american legion post 176. president obama is holding the rally in virginia beach. recent polls show the president with a slight lead in virginia. president obama is criticizing his republican rival for his recent anger over u.s. jobs being shipped to china. mitt romney has called china a currency manipulator. mr. obama says his newfound outrage isn't credible. he's also accusing the gop presidential nominee of profiting from companies that shipped jobs to china. >>> and mitt romney says massachusetts' health care law is proof he understands ordinary americans. he told supporters in ohio yesterday that he got everyone in massachusetts insured when he was that state's governor. romney doesn't discuss his health care law much on the campaign trail because president obama says he used it as the basis for his own federal health care law. romney says he'll repeal what republicans call obama care if he becomes president. >>> the virginia attorney general approved a plan to impose stricter standards on abortion clinics. the state board approved the regul
tickets to the debate where president obama and mitt romney will debate domestic policy issues. the debate is set for wednesday night at 9:00 p.m., and today the president will go to nevada for campaign rallies and debeat prep. then he will visit virginia on friday. president obama is scheduled to speak at a grass roots campaign event in fair fax county. so far no details on where or what time the president will appear. the latest polls show him with a lead over mitt romney in virginia. >> mitt romney will spend today preparing for wednesday's debate. he is expected to appear tomorrow and will stay in the city until after the debate. analyst say wednesday is his best chance to help change the polls. romney is running out of time, david gregory joined us onset, and he says wednesday's debate may be romney's only chance to do just that. >> they represent the last big moment to reach sen tens of millions of people at one time. i think it is a last chance to turn the debate around and the campaign around. if they're in a cycle where they're just reacting to events and looking for an angle, it
obama and mitt romney are gearing up for the first debate. they are going to face off in denver on wednesday night and the stakes are high. a good performance can pump up a party's enthusiasm and per sway undecided voters. >> who will pay attention to this and look for something maybe to make them change their mind for people who aren't completely thrilled about their choice. >> both of the guys have been through an awful lot of debates in their careers, they are both pretty good, they'll both be well prepared. >> the primary focus of this week's debate is domestic policy. >> a new poll from the washington post shows president obama leading among swing state voters. 52% of likely voters in battleground states say they would vote for the president if the election were today. 41% say they woo pick mr. romney. those numbers are similar from the washington post polls, in florida, ohio and virginia. >> developing overseas tonight, a grim milestone in the war in afghanistan. the death toll for u.s. troops has now reached 2,000. the most recent deaths came this weekend. two americans k
at your forecast. stay with us.  i'm barack obama, and i approve this message. christie: i i do the laundry, i pay the bills,  i make sure my kids are fed and rested and healthy. female vo: moms like christie would be stretched even more under mitt romney. to fund his tax cuts for millionaires, romney could take away middle class deductions for child care, home mortgages, and college tuition. christie: mitt romney, he's so focused on big business and tax cuts for the wealthy... it seems like his answers to middle-class america are just...tough...tough luck. [ mitt romney ] there are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what... who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it... and they will vote for this president no matter what... and so my job is not to worry about those people. i'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for
it is for peaceful purposes and he's not worried about threats from western powers. >>> this morning president obama will speak to the united nations general assembly. this is video from two years ago. the white house says the president will discuss several foreign policy issues, including violent protests in the middle east. mitt romney is criticizing the president for referring to that violence as, quote, bumps in the road on the path to peace. suggesting the president is downplaying the crisis. >>> meanwhile, romney is campaigning in ohio today and tomorrow. his bus tour through the buckeye state will focus on energy and trade. romney spent yesterday in another battleground state, colorado. ohio may be key to his white house hopes. no republican has lost there and won that election. he'll campaign alongside running mate paul ryan in ohio. >>> joe biden is in virginia today. and president obama will visit virginia beach on thursday. the only states visited more are florida and ohio. >>> a student-athlete in fauquier county is being remembered this morning after being killed on his way to l skoo. f
-66 as you make your way eastbound. no accidents to report, though. >>> president obama and mitt romney will once again campaign in virginia today. romney will be in our area. he has an event scheduled at the american legion post 176 in springfield. doors will open at 10:30 this morning. the event starts at 11:50. the president will be in virginia beach where he will hold a rally for about 20,000 supporters. >> both candidates spent yesterday in ohio. the president spoke at two colleges. his republican opponent visited several cities, including cleveland. romney held a town hall meeting there to discuss jobs and the economy. >> you can be extraordinarily eloquent and describe all the wonderful things you can do, but when you cut through the words, you can look at the record, and when you can see policies that have not created the jobs america needs, then you know it's time to choose a new leader. >> look, i don't believe we can get very far with leaders who write off half the nation as a bunch of victims who never take responsibility for their own lives. >> president obama holds
over to you. >>> 6:02. president obama is ed leading i some of the states that could decide this year's election. he leads mitt romney in new hampshire. that's according to the latest nbc news/marist poll. he also has a 2% lead in nevada and north carolina. that's within the poll's margin of error, which is 3.1%. >>> president obama and mitt romney expected to call benjamin netanyahu today, who is in the united states right now. the president has been criticized for not meeting with the israeli prime minister. yesterday secretary of state hillary clinton sat down with him, though, in new york. >>> mitt romney will focus on fund-raising tonight. he hopes to bring in $7.5 million for his campaign at two events in the boston area. romney spent yesterday campaigning in northern virginia. he met with veterans and their families in springfield. romney trails the president in virginia in recent polls. he hopes next week's first presidential debate will give him some momentum going forward. >> you don't have a great opportunity with debates to talk about my vision, vision for the country. the
slipped in recent polls. he trails president obama in colorado, iowa, and wisconsin. in the latest nbc news/wall street journal/marist poll. >>> today president obama will travel to new york city to take part in the week long general assembly of the united nations. he is one of more than 100 heads of state converging on the city. leaders started arriving yesterday, including iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad. iran's nuclear ambitions are expected to be one of the hot topics of the week long meeting. the rise of al qaeda in west africa and the problems in syria will also be discussed. president obama plans to speak before the assembly tomorrow. >>> and secretary of state hillary clinton will be spending her time between the u.n. and the annual meeting of the clinton global initiative. the meeting is hosted by her husband, former president bill clinton. it brings together heads of state and business leaders as well as scholars to discuss social change. president bill clinton will speak to the group today. >>> home may be where the heart is, but it's not where the wins are for the red
dominated the internet and front pages of newspapers all across the country. >> even president obama is voicing his opinion on that call that decided monday's game saying it was, quote, terrible. so what will it take to get the real referees back on the field? what are the issues that led to the lockout in the first place, and who will blink first? we're going to talk about this in just a couple of minutes with this guy sitting right here, bob costas of nbc sports. >> matt, some people are so upset they are now making videos to express their frustration. take a look. ♪ i just met you ♪ that play was crazy ♪ what's his number, i'll call, it maybe ♪ ♪ it's hard to call right every replay ♪ ♪ what's his number, i'll call it may be ♪ >> spawning creativity so we'll have more on that part of the story, too. >> points out the fact that they have to do something quickly. >>> then a woman who makes it halloween every single day. wears a different costume at work each day and has done it for three years and counting. this morning she's known as dressy jessie gotten dolled up f
decide to strike. >> president obama is ready to address the united nations in new york tomorrow. he's expected to focus on the wave of anti-american violence in the middle east. in an interview last night, the president called the recent uprising a bump in the road. during a campaign stop yesterday, mitt romney criticized the president's assessment. >> i think it was absolutely the right thing for us to do to align ourselves with democracy and universal rights. but i was pretty certain and continue to be pretty certain that there are going to be bumps in the road. >> egypt has elected a muslim brotherhood person as president. i don't consider these bumps in the road. >> the white house called romney's criticism desperate. the obama campaign also released a new ad today attacking romney for not releasing more of his tax returns. >>> some people in virginia have already made their choice for the next president. absentee voting is under way in the commonwealth. people come out today in fairfax county to cast their ballots. this is the earliest people have ever been able to vote in a pr
in toledo. president obama at kent state. neither one passing up a chance to take a jab at the other. president obama misspoke and turned a blunder into a swipe. >> i want to see us export more jobs -- export more products, excuse me. i was channeling my opponent there for a second. >> you know, the president just other day said that you can't change washington from the inside. you can only change it from the outside. well, we're going to give him that chance on november 6th. >> both candidates head to virginia tomorrow. romney is campaigning at the american legion post in springfield. there is a rally there. the president is at the farm bureau in virginia beach. >>> a company based out of massachusetts has been tapped to make repairs to the earthquake damaged washington monument. crews from perin i-management surfaces will start work in two months buildingskaf scaffolding filling in cracks. they are expected to last until 2014 and cost $2 million >>> a demolition project is creating a lot of excitement. they have fought legal battles for the run-down skylar mall. now, the work is on
to get off their plane as it was heading to chicago. >>> president obama will be in new york this morning. he'll address the united nations general assembly. this is video from two years ago when he first spoke to the general assembly. he'll discuss violent i shaseve issues, including violent protests in egypt. >>> mitt romney says the president was downplaying the violence when he described the protests as road bumps on the path to peace in the region. >> these are not bumps in the road. these are human lives. these are developments we do not want to see. this is time for the president, who will shape events in the middle east, not just be merciful or be at the mercy of events in the middle east. >> romney will campaign today and tomorrow in ohio. >>> democrats are turning their attention to a different battleground state this week, virginia. vice president joe biden will campaign in the commonwealth today. he'll be in chesterfield county right outside richmond. president obama will visit virginia beach on thursday. he holds a slight lead over mitt romney in most recent polls in virginia
for president obama. >> i think this election is critical for the direction of our country. and i'm a president obama supporter. i want my vote to count and make sure that it's here, and i'm a nurse, and don't know my schedule yet. >> reporter: this man will be poll watching on election today, moved to fairfax county two years ago and said it's swing state status that was the motivation. >> it was a battleground state. it's a very important election i think. that's why i wanted to be sure i got here. >> reporter: in-person voting is under way, election officials have also sent out their first big batch of requests for mail-in or e-mail absentee ballots. the requests so far are slightly below the historic levels of 2008. but because the process is starting earlier, most expect to eventually come close to or match 2008 in absentee voting. >> i expect us to increase a little bit. we did just shy of 30,000 absentee voters in 2008. with -- and i expect we'll do just above that this year. >> reporter: fairfax county's registrar said absentee voting is growing in large part because campaigns are urgin
a gun fight with afghan soldiers. >>> president obama appears to be winning over voters in states that could decide this election. he leads mitt romney by two percentage points among likely voters nationwide. according to the latest "washington post"/abc news poll. the president leads his republican rival by 11 points among likely voters in swing states. that includes virginia, ohio, and florida. both candidates will spend the next couple of days preparing for their first debate. it takes place wednesday night in november. the president is getting ready in nevada. romney is already in denver. >>> and vp candidate paul ryan will prepare for his debate in virginia as well. the republican congressman will hold a three-day camp starting on wednesday. it is still unknown where he'll be exactly in the state for his debate prep. as for vice president joe biden, he's using maryland representative chris van holland to stand in as ryan. the vp debate is set for october 11th in kentucky. >>> today the supreme court's new session begins. the nine justices will rule on several key cases, inclu
week. he and president obama appeared separately on cnbc' "60 minutes" last night. romney clarified his comments about the 47% of americans who pay no income tax. >> i do a very good campaign. it's doing a good job, but not everything i say is perfect. i want to make it clear. i want to help 100% of americans. >> donors want to know, how do you turn this around? >> we don't need a turnaround. we have a campaign that's tied with the incumbent president of the united states. >> are you going to win this thing? >> i am going to win this thing. >> and president obama defending himself against mitt romney's criticism that the country is worse off now than when he took office four years ago. he told "60 minutes" steve croft the economy is on the road to recovery. >> we have 40 million new jobs, 500,000 new jobs in manufacturing alone. the question for the american people is do we keep moving forward and continue to make progress, or do we go backwards to the very policies that got us into this mess in the first place? >> the obama campaign is launching this ad that criticizes mitt romney on h
. >>> at 4:33, the race for president runs through ohio today. president obama and mitt romney are campaigning in the buckeye state. romney has to carry ohio if he has any chance of winning in november. no republican has ever lost in ohio and won the presidency. he appears to have ground to make up. the republican presidential nominee trails president obama by eight points in the latest "washington post" poll. he also leads in florida among likely voters. he leads by nine points among registered voters. romney's campaign doesn't seem too fazed by this poll. aides say they're trusting their own polling. >>> the obama campaign continues hammering romney over his 47% comment. >> when mitt rom inney dismisse 47% of americans for not pulling their weight, he dismissed hard working people making $25,000, $35,000 a year. they pay social security. >> this is the second commercial the president is airing that criticizes romney for what he paid in taxes while dismissing the 47% of americans who don't pay federal income taxes. >>> ann romney is hoping this will help her husband win over v
politics. president obama and mitt romney will be campaigning in virginia today as romney looks to repair the damage from that 47% comment that was recorded at a fundraiser. peter alexander is with the romney camp in springfield this morning. peter, good morning to you. >> reporter: savannah, good morning to you. when it comes to the battlegrounds, there are three, florida, ohio, and virginia, both mitt romney and the president held dueling events in ohio on wednesday. today, they are both here in virginia. another state where romney is trailing in the polls. >> reporter: campaigning in ohio wednesday, both president obama and mitt romney were keenly aware of the buckeye state's place in history. no republican has won the white house without it. romney went out of his way to show his compassionate side greeting world war ii veterans and courting working class families. >> these are tough times even for families with jobs. i know what it takes to get this economy going again. i care about the people of america. >> reporter: it's a delivered effort, analysts say, with a tv ad designed to sh
obama on the battle over how to fix our nation's schools. >> can you really say that teachers unions aren't slowing the pace of reform? >> this morning the president's revealing answer. >>> and say it ain't so. what could be devastating news for a lot of people who love bacon. according to industry experts, a world shortage of bacon is under avoidable today, tuesday, september 25th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on this tuesday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. we've drawn al roker because we have a plate of bacon right here. >> called in the paramedics because he basicalically passed when he heard there might be a shortage of bacon. experts say that this is a done deal, that because of the brought affecting soybeans and corn, crops, the feed for pigs has dried up, and we're going to be paying a lot of money for bacon a year from now. >> as one member of our crew just said, we better pig out right now. >> do we k
. secretary of state hillary clinton met with benjamin netanyahu. president obama was campaigning in virginia thursday, the white house said too busy to meet with the prime minister. earlier he laid down his red lines for stopping iran nuclear program. >> this is a bomb. this is a fuse. >> reporter: netanyahu spoke a day after iran's president ahmadinejad from the same podium had called israel uncivilized zionists. netanyahu said tehran was already 70% towards getting enough nuclear fuel for a bomb and has to be stopped within months. >> if these are the facts, and they are, where should a red line be drawn? a red line should be drawn right here. >> reporter: president obama told the u.n. this week there is more time before iran reaches a point of no return. >> america wants to resolve this issue through diplomacy, and we believe that there is still time and space to do so. >> american intelligence does not yet believe iran has made the political decision to actually build a weapon. what does israel think? >> whether or not iran made the decision will become irrelevant once we can no longer s
? >> a break from campaign events today for president obama and mitt romney. both candidates are preparing for their first debate tonight at the university of denver. the candidates will debate domestic policy issues. more than 50 million people are expected to tune in many brian mooar is following the candidate's running mates on the campaign trail today. >> day's before the first presidential debate. mitt romney is hammering the president on foreign policy. >> when president obama was asked about the recent disruption and chaos and violence in the middle east, he said that these were merely bumps in the road. >> how are you doing? >> bumps in the road also describes what the romney campaign has been unable to avoid in recent weeks. costly distractions and discouraging poll numbers are upstaging the republican message. >> look at what president obama did on the budget. nothing except borrow and spend. >> when they talk about the culture dependency, about american decline. i can honest letter say to you, i don't recognize the country they're talking about. >> vice president biden was fight
. aaron and eun, back over to you. >>> today president obama will speak before the united nations general assembly. take a look at video from two years ago where he last addressed that international body. the white house says the president will discuss several foreign policy issues, including violent protests in the middle east. mitt romney is criticizing the president for referring to that violence as, quote, bumps in the road on the path to peace. the republican presidential nominee is suggesting the president is downplaying the crisis. meanwhile, romney is campaigning today and tomorrow. his bus tour through the buckeye state will focus on energy and trade. romney spent yesterday in another battleground state, ohio. ohio may be key to his strategy. no one has ever lost that state and won the election. >>> vice president joe biden will be in virginia today. he'll be in chesterfield county near richmond. president obama will visit virginia beach on thursday. the commonwealth is one of the hotly contested states this year. the only states the candidates have visited more are florida and o
on foreign policy. he'll speak by phone with prime minister benjamin netanyahu. president obama is not meeting with the prime minister during his trip to the u.s., but secretary of state hillary clinton did sit down with him yesterday. also yesterday, netanyahu urged the u.n. general assembly to draw a red line to stop iran from developing a nuclear weapon. he warned the world may only have until next summer to stop iran. the white house reiterated its commitment to stop iran from building a nuclear bomb. he says he stands behind netanyahu on this issue. romney hopes to focus on fund-raising tonight and bring in $7.5 million during events in the boston area. he spent last night campaigning in northern virginia. he met with veterans and their families in springfield. romney trails the president in virginia in recent polls. he hopes next week's first presidential debate will give him some momentum going forward. >> you don't have an opportunity with debates to talk about my vision with the country. the president will talk about his. those who believe they want bigger government, m
. >> president obama and mitt romney are campaigning hard with only 40 days to go now before election day. they both held rallies just a few hundred miles apart in virginia today. romney appeared at a veterans of foreign wars post in springfield and criticized cuts in military spending. he spoke to news4's julie carrie about what he would do to cut costs. >> slowly through attrition we'll reduce government appliment by 10%. that, again, saves about $47 billion a year. >> romney also emphasized he's running a campaign for all americans. that's a reference to the secret videotape where he claimed 47% of americans who don't pay federal taxes consider themselves victims. president obama released new ads against those remarks and described how he sees those people during a stop in virginia beach 0. >> i see hardworking virginians. i see students trying to work their way through college. >> polls have the president leading in virginia now by up to a 7% margin. >>> thanks to a donation, nationalses fans will not be stranded in southwest d.c. during the team's playoff run. metro has annnced it wi
of "meet the press." david in 2008 candidate obama talked about this war as the war we must win. this time around he notedly talks about winding down the war. mitt romney didn't even mention it in his convention speech. why does this not seem to be a major interest in a campaign? >> the stakes are so high, lester, as you know being on the ground there. i think there's a couple of reasons. from the republican point of view, they want distance from the bush presidency, particularly the bush foreign policy of engagement in war in afghanistan and iraq. from the president's point of view, he wanted to narrow the focus, talk about al qaeda, defeat al qaeda. the crowning achievement killing osama bin laden. the nation building work in afghanistan is frankly something that became too difficult, too entrenched for the american people to keep up with. we are there longer than the soviets were there. i think there's a recognition that that job was simply too difficult, the notion that we were going to turn around the government, really be able to rebuild the country. there is a phrase that general pe
. president obama will confront unrest in the middle east in the muslim world specifically, warning of what he will call forces that would drive us apart, and while the debates are still eight days away, the differences between these two candidates on foreign policy are now taking center stage. in the must-win battleground of colorado monday, mitt romney previewed his foreign policy arguments against the president. >> he said the developments in the middle east are bumps in the road. yeah, that was my reaction. bumps in the road? we had -- we had an ambassador assassinated. these are not bumps in the road. these are human lives. >> the white house called that assault desperate and offensive. romney was attacking the president's comments on "60 minutes" describing recent unrest in the middle east. >> but i was pretty certain and continue to be pretty certain that there are going to be bumps in the road because, you know, in a lot of these places the one organizing principle has been islam. >> reporter: in an interview with nbc news romney criticized the president's remarks in more details. >> i
obama, everyone has something to say about this. chris gordon joins us from fed ex field with reaction from out there. hey, chris. >> hey, wendy. good evening. the nfl lockout of regular referees is a labor dispute over pay and pensions. in the meantime, it's using those replacement referees who have varying degrees of experience. and redskin fans have had reason to complain over the loss in st. louis, and recently the loss to cincinnati here at fedex field just a few day ago. redskins fans complained about the replacement referees sunday after the loss to the bengals. some say the refs wrongly assessed penalties and mismanaged the clock. >> the refs and the end of the game, a little disappointing. but still redskins fans for life. >> i think the refs played a big part in this. i think all of them need to lose their jobs. get a new one. >> reporter: former coach and nbc football commentator tony dungy, in washington yesterday was asked about the growing list of complaints about replacement referees. >> i think the players and coaches and probably fans too have to forget about the bad c
on "60 minutes" president obama defended his record, while acknowledging he's failed to deliver one of his biggest promises. >> if you ask me what's my biggest disappointment is that we haven't changed the tone in washington as much as i liked. >> reporter: meanwhile, as romney faced criticism he spent more time fund-raising than speaking to voters he'll pick up the pace this week on a bus ture from colorado to the crucial state of ohio and romney is packing in several interviews with local television affiliates in key battleground states including virginia, wisconsin and florida, but when the romney campaign, natalie, begins its bus tour in ohio, today they will be met by a new attack ad. this is from the obama campaign. that new ad is the first one to use romney's comments that were caught on hidden camera where he refers to some americans as victims and government dependant. the ad will accuse him of criticizing americans who don't pay their income taxes when he hasn't, quote, come clean about his own. natalie. >> all right. peter alexander in denver, colorado. thanks so much, pe
trail this morning as president obama fires off a new tv ad slamming gop candidate mitt romney for not, quote, coming clean about his tax returns while criticizing americans who don't pay income taxes. romney has released just two years of his tax information. this as the presidential debates are just nine days away. >>> a sweeping analysis of the genes behind breast cancer. scientists announced that they have found four major classes. disease. the new finding offers hope for better targeted treatments, possibly putting drugs already on the market to work, including one currently used to fight ovarian cancer. the study was published by the journal "nature." >>> a winning streak went uninterrupted last night at the emmy awards as "modern family" took home the prize for best comedy for the third year in a row. top drama this year went to terrorism thriller "homeland." the show stars claire danes and damian lewis who also took the top acting awards but a strange new record for critically acclaimed "mad men," the show had an unprecedented 17 nominations but zero wins. >>> and it was a phot
show the republican nominee trails president obama there, this as the first debate is now just one week from today. iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad addresses the united nations general assembly today. on tuesday president obama told the assembly that tehran is running out of time to resolve its disputed nuclear program and vowed the u.s. will do what it must to prevent iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. in an interview with the associated press, ahmadinejad called for a new world order. meanwhile, here in new york city, public outrage this morning as the openly anti-israel ahmadinejad addresses the u.n. on this yom kippur, the holiest day on the jewish calendar. >>> it was a bad call, but they are sticking to it, so says the nfl, uniholding that controversial call by replacement referees that gave the seattle seahawks a victory monday night against green bay. the league did acknowledge tuesday that refs should have called an offensive pass interference penalty on seattle's final play, a move that would have given green bay the win. >>> an alert from the world health organizatio
system for yourte to.n teacchildren.ome test... i'm barack obama and i approve this message. - how? - the blackout. that doesn't make any sense-- totally corn-holed the laws of nature. and it shouldn't be permanent. we should be able to fix this. but for some reason, we just can't. but if it were man-made-- - "man-made"? why would someone do something like that? - listen, if i'm right, then this is good news. this is the best news. - how? - because if it's man-made, then maybe we can fix it. - and surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and i will dwell in the house of the lord forever. amen. all: amen. - [scoffs] - go ahead. spit it out. - i'm sorry. what? - have some conviction! if you think something, then say it. you don't like that i killed that traitor back there, even though he owned guns and a rebel flag, even though he shot one of my boys. but i'll tell you what i think. i think the monroe militia is the one thing between us and total anarchy. maybe it's just a finger in the dam, but it's the only order we got left. - do you want to know what i t
, but north still seeing volume in that area. aaron and angie, back over to you. >>> president obama appears to be winning where it matters most. aittle more than five weeks before the election, he leads mitt romney by two percentage points among likely voters nationwide. that's according to the latest washington post/abc news poll. the president leads his republican rival by 11 points among likely voters in swing states. that includes virginia, ohio, and florida. the president is taking a break from campaigning today to prepare for the first presidential debate on wednesday in denver. he's prepping in nevada, where he held this rally last night. he told supporters there in las vegas he hopes the debate serves as a conversation about what needs to be done to keep the country growing. the president will return to the campaign trail later this week. he is scheduled to visit fairfax county on friday. >>> mitt romney heads to denver today. the republican presidential nominee will hold a rally there this evening as he prepares for wednesday's debate. his campaign is hoping the debate gives romney
in denver. >>> president obama is urging patience when it comes to this country's economic recovery. he spoke of what he calls an economic patriotism during a rally yesterday in virginia beach. >> an economic patriotism rooted in the belief that growing our economy belongs with a strong and thriving middle class. i won't pretend that getting there is easy. the truth is it's going to take a few more years to solve challenges that we're building up over decades. but i want everybody here to understand our problems can be solved. our challenges will be met. >> the president will hold a campaign event today here in washington. >>> one person is dead after a wrong way crash in stafford, virginia. the accident happened around 4:30 yesterday along route 17 near stafford lakes parkway. police say witnesses saw a pickup truck suddenly speed up and cross into oncoming traffic. the pickup slammed head on into another pickup truck. the driver of that truck died. his name has not been released. police charge frederick frostic iii with involuntary manslaughter. >>> five minutes after the hour. starti
.ome test... i'm barack obama and i approve this message. of a three-year investigation into bart ganzel's illegal business enterprises. we intend to bring multiple charges, including the attempted murder of an undercover police officer. - which my client will be pleading not guilty to on all counts, your honor. - i wouldn't expect anything less, mr. querns. - thank you, your honor. - people on bail. - we request remand. mr. ganzel was apprehended while attempting to flee. - he was arrested when in residence. he is perfectly willing to surrender his passport. - we also have evidence that mr. querns is part of the conspiracy. we will be moving to have him removed as counsel. - one step at a time. pending mr. ganzel agreeing to house arrest and electronic monitoring-- - your honor, his house is a house of prostitution. - bail is set at 200,000. [bangs gavel] - get your hands off me. i made bail. - they have to process you, bart. it's all routine. - easy, easy. i have bursitis in this shoulder. - your client's a piece of work. - if that threat to have me removed as mr. ganzel's counsel was
of nevada, president obama rallied supporters in las vegas sunday night. >> i believe in you. and i ask you to keep on believing in me. i'm asking for your vote. i'm asking you to stand with me. >> reporter: the president is gripping on to a small lead in the swing states, including iowa, where a new poll shows mitt romney trailing by four points. analysts say romney needs to change the trajectory of the race. but his running mate, paul ryan insists, he's not concerned, even while acknowledging campaign mistakes. >> we've had some miss steps, but at the end of the day, the choice is really clear and we're giving people a clear choice. >> governor romney, he's a good debater. i'm just okay. >> reporter: for days, both sides have been tamping down debate expectations. >> we expected all along that governor romney will have a good night. he's prepared more than any candidate in history. and he's shown himself to be a very, very good debater through the years. >> sometimes we expect a major break through. you know, the comment that doesn't happen very often. >> reporter: new jersey governor chr
early votes in the swing state of iowa today where the polls are putting president obama in the lead over mitt romney. but the president has his eye on other battleground states too as he releases a new two-minute television ad. in it he takes on romney's economic plan and lays out a plan to spur job creation. romney campaigning in virginia where he'll talk to veterans at an american legion post. >>> a new search effort this morning for teamsters leader jimmy hoffa missing since 1975 as police sample soil in suburban detroit. investigators are following up on a tip someone who claimed he saw a man who may have been hoffa being buried in that spot 35 years ago. >> we believe he's credible enough he believes what he saw that something took place that day out of the ordinary. we do not believe it's jimmy hoffa. we are not making that assumption. the time line doesn't exactly add up to be mr. hoffa. but we do believe that he may have seen a body being interred. and as a result of that, we did the ground-penetrating radar that showed an anomaly. >> hoffa was last seen outside a restaurant
would expect to see obama signs, there are also romney signs alongside them on many blocks. while romney supporters suggest the signs are indicative of growing support, the obama campaign takes a different view, and has a slightly different philosophy about the importance of yard signs. as they put it, signs don't vote. >> it's the people in our neighborhoods who are going to decide this election. it's not the yard signs. >> reporter: until recently, obama yard signs could be purchased online. so could romney signs. but the republican campaign office has also been handing them out free for months. this obama campaign office got its first batch of 1,500 yard signs to give away for free. the volunteers say when they hand over a sign, it's a chance for pulling in a recruit. >> we ask them if they're volunteers. and if they say, no, they haven't really done that, we say right here, here's your form. can you stay? or when can we count on you coming back? >> reporter: the romney campaign said its signs are proof of what they say is an unprecedented gop get out the vote effort. >> the largest e
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